NAC agrees to amendments in Communal Violence Bill
New Delhi: The National Advisory Council
on Wednesday agreed to make as many as 49 amendments to the
Prevention of Communal Violence Bill, including the one which
created doubts about Centre-state relations while dealing with
Another amendment made in the draft bill relates to
the definition of communal and targeted violence which
included reference to `destruction of the secular fabric`.
The members agreed that this was "too high a
threshold," and therefore it was agreed to delete this phrase,
a statement by the NAC said here.
The members of Sonia-Gandhi-led Council agreed to
delete a clause which refers to Article 355 of the
Constitution, as it created a fear that it may interfere with
the federal structure of the country.
According to clause 20, Chapter III of the draft bill,
"The occurrence of organised communal and targeted violence
shall constitute `internal disturbance` within the meaning of
Article 355 of the Constitution of India and the Central
Government may take such steps in accordance with the duties
mentioned thereunder, as the nature and circumstances of the
case so requires."
There were some concerns about excessive powers to the
National Authority and some clauses were deleted.
The NAC Working Group will place the full list of
amendments to the Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence
(Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill, 2011 on the website
and later forward the draft bill the Centre for consideration.
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